The Universal Audio Apollo X8 is an 18x24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with Realtime UAD Hexa Core processor and the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle.
An Outstanding Thunderbolt Audio Interface
The Universal Audio Apollo X8 features brand new world-class audio converters designed around a new analogue signal path delivering a truly pristine sound. It provides an impressive 129dB of dynamic range and -118dB THD+N and delivers outstanding performance with an open and incredibly natural sound that favourably compares against audio converters in any class.
Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing
The Apollo x8 also boasts six Realtime UAD Hexa Core DSP chips giving you 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollo interfaces. This means you can now record and mix larger sessions with increased UAD plug-in counts.
Unison Mic Preamps
The Apollo X8 includes four Unison preamps that let you track through exacting plug-in emulations of Neve, API, Manley, SSL and Universal Audio channel strips. Thanks to the detailed emulation of input impedance, gain stage and component level circuit, Unison preamps give you the feeling and the sound of using the original hardware preamp.
Mix in Surround and +24u Operation
With eight analogue inputs and outputs, you can record eigh channels simultaneously through plug-ins with near-zero latency but also mix in 7.1 surround sound for video games, broadcast and even the web. Furthermore, a selectable +24dBu option ensures easy integration with mixing consoles and high-end pro audio equipment.
Build a Scalable Recording System over Thunderbolt
Using the Thunderbolt 3 protocol, up to 4 Apollo interfaces (or 6 UAD-2 devices) can be cascaded to increase channel count as your needs grow, using the same zero-latency tracking capabilities. These are backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 using an optional adapter. If that is not enough, additional ADAT I/O is provided to accommodate external preamps such as the Universal Audio 4-710d.
A Complete Recording System with LUNA
Apollo interfaces are compatible with any DAW offering low-latency recording via their Console interface.
Used in combination with the LUNA Recording Software, the Apollo X series has become a powerful and complete integrated recording system with the benefits of a flexible workstation and seamless integration of hardware and software.
LUNA's Accelerated Real-time Monitoring allows users to record and mix with near-zero latency without leaving its convenient one-window workflow with unlimited track counts.
The free version of LUNA gives you everything you need to record and mix with your Apollo interface but additional extensions can be used to create even more powerful recording systems to provide in-the-box analogue tones with Tapes and Summing extensions as well as stunning virtual instruments.
LUNA is compatible with Audio Units ensuring compatibility with your existing plugins arsenal and virtual instruments.
Realtime Analog Classic Plus
Included with the audio interface is the Realtime Analog Classics Plus which gives you the following Plugins:
- UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
- Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
- Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
- UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
- UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
- Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
- Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
- Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
- Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
- Precision Enhancer Hz
- Raw Distortion
- Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
- Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
- Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
- Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
- RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler